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Weeds in the lawn: advice on controlling weeds growing inturf. How to get rid of weeds and moss from your lawn.
Among the works of lawn maintenance, control of theinfested herbsit is the one that requires the most attention. Theweeds on the lawnsare a very annoying problem for themeadowdomestic. The works ofordinary lawn maintenance(mowing, watering, resowing, aerating the lawn, fertilizing ...) manage to safeguard the good health of theturfbut they do not solve the problem ofweeds.
There are mainly two types ofweedsthat invade theturf:
- dicotyledons (broad-leaved weeds)
- monocotyledons(narrow-leaved weeds)
It is important to recognize which type ofweedsis infesting oursmeadowin order to be able to intervene in a timely manner with targeted products.
Protect your lawn from broadleaf weeds
Recognizing them is easy, theweedsbroad-leaved aredicotyledonous speciesvery different from the mixes that make up in the lawn. You may have some difficulty recognizing broadleaf weeds in your lawn only those with a turf ofDicondra.
Theweedsdicotyledons are mostly annual, biennial, or short-lived purian: they develop and bloom within 1 - 3 months and if cut they grow much faster and propagate colonizing the area intended forturf. The dicotyledonous weeds that invade themeadowmost commonly they are:
- Medicago lupulin
- Plantago major
- Trifolium repens
- Bellis perennis
- Taraxacum officinalis (the dandelion that can be useful in the kitchen)
- Prunella vulgaris
- Potentilla reptans
- Bellis perennis (small daisies that, if cut, reform the flower within a week)
The control of weeds on the lawn takes place using said chemicalsherbicideswhich, based on the classification, may or may not be allowed in organic farming.
How to carry out the weeding? There are several herbicides / herbicides on the market. When buying, make sure it is a herbicide forlawn weedstolarge leaf. The methods of use are indicated on the package label. Below we point out how to weed the lawn from weeds using one of the most popular products marketed byBayer, the Dicotex.
The dicotex should be applied on the turf with a shoulder pump respecting the dose of100 ml per 10 liters of water. 10 liters of water are enough to weed 100 square meters ofmeadow. For the weeding of lawn weeds with these dilutions, use a backpack sprayer capable of spraying the entire surface of the lawn in a short time.
Obviously, adjust the dilution to your needs. If you do not have a backpack pump you can buy it at a garden center or on the web, or, alternatively, you can distribute the herbicide with a watering can by diluting 10 ml of product in 10 liters of water that you will have to distribute, very carefully, over 10 meters lawn squares.
After the application ofherbicideavoid cutting the lawn for at least 5 - 6 days after treatment. Broadleaf herbicides, of any kind, should not be used on lawnsDicondra.
Protect your lawn from narrow-leaved weeds
Thelawn weedsnarrow-leaved are more difficult to spot. They are grass species and we must act with selective weeding. The most common narrow-leaved lawn weeds are:
- Setaria viridis
- Setaria glauca
- Digitaria sanguinalis
- Echinochloa crus galli
- Poa annua
- Eleusine indicates
Eliminate theseweeds from the lawnit is not easy and even in this case it will be necessary to use a herbicide. Try to choose herbicides as selective as possible so as not to damage the vegetation of theturf. Again, for use we refer to the manufacturer's instructions indicated on the label.
Among the best herbicides forlawn weedswe point out theGreenexalways produced by Bayer Garden (it is the most widespread and easy to find, however any specific herbicide for monocotyledonous lawn weeds will do).
How to use? The herbicide must be applied at least 4 days after the last lawn mowing. Any grass clippings must be removed from the lawn, which must be clear of leaves and twigs. Just dilute 40 ml in 5 liters of water to spray an area of 100 square meters of lawn. If the weeds are well developed and you are in full emergency phase, increase the dilution to 70 ml of 6 liters of water. Do not irrigate after weeding (wait at least 5 hours).
Moss in the meadow
If you are looking for a cure for lawn moss, we refer you to the guide article:Moss in the lawn, remedies.